Longtime readers will already know that I caught Lyme disease in the summer of 2007 and that I’ve dealt with long periods of disability since then.
2015 was great, but I took one of those mysterious downturns (SOLVED: see update below) around New Years. I’ve been on the specialist merry-go-round for the last four months and my next step on that trail is a digestive specialist practice in Los Angeles, but they may not see me until September or October. I don’t think I can wait that long.
I have an appointment with an integrative medicine specialist on Monday. This is something I’ve done in the past and it worked really well, but this service is not covered by my insurance, and when I am struggling health wise I am also struggling financially. I think the appointment and follow up care will cost about $500. I have a GoFundMe and someone already put $120 into it earlier this evening. If you enjoy my work and can spare anything, I’d be eternally grateful.
What would be far better than a one time donation would be paying work. Here are some things I do which may be useful to you or someone you know:
- Ghost Writing – I have written for House, Senate, and Gubernatorial races. I led a team that won a $100,000 USDA innovation grant in 2008 and another team that was a top five finisher among seven hundred entrants for the Knight Foundation Media Challenge in 2011. My work currently appears in a major financial publication and I have a multifaceted policy advocacy project that will run through the 2016 election.
- Social Media Security Audits – I understand how an intruder sees the public presence for an individual, a group, or a company, and I can show you your vulnerabilities before a bad actors exploits them.
- Network Forward Observer & Controller – Over the last three years I’ve built and field tested a hardened workstation environment called the Netwar Forward Observer and a central C4ISR for small units using the NFO which is called the Netwar Forward Controller. This system has been used on everything from domestic trolls to ISIS, it’s still very raw, but it’s got a lot of promise, as it’s a bottom up organic solution rather than an overbuilt corporate effort.
- R&D Oriented CTO – I am familiar with all sorts of technology, I’ve taken a wireless ISP through first round private placement funding, and worked for or on a number of other startups.
If one of those things sound like something you or an associate of yours can use, connecting to Neal Rauhauser on LinkedIn or email to nrauhauser at gmail are good ways to reach me.
UPDATE: Spent a day in the hospital and now there is a smoking gun. There is a similar level of trouble with my left kidney. I’ve had these cysts for at least fifteen years, but they’ve expanded by a factor of eight since they were first imaged. I think they’ll get surgically removed, but I’ll still be seeing (and paying) the integrative medicine guy starting Monday 7/25/16.